Well at least the emphasis on this article is not on Poles for a change (although they are mentioned...)
ALARMING new figures show arrests of Lithuanians have rocketed
sixfold in two years, the News can reveal.
The number of people from the Baltic country arrested for crimes
ranging from drink-driving to murder has shot up since the expansion
of the EU in 2004.
In 2003, just 151 Lithuanians were arrested, and 188 the following
year, figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show.
But in 2005 the number more than tripled with 662 arrests as the
influx of migrants from countries in the expanded EU got going.
Then in 2006, more than 901 people from the former Soviet bloc
country were arrested by the Cambridgeshire force.
Figures for 2007 only cover June to August, when 91 Lithuanians were
The news comes as it has been revealed that Romanians are behind a
£1 billion crime spree in the UK.
Andrejus Piliavecas, director of Lithuania's Centre for Crime
Prevention, spoke to the News from Vilnius about the rise.
He said: "The crime rate in Lithuania is not very high and is about
average with other EU countries. The reason you are seeing an
increase in Lithuanians committing crimes in Cambridgeshire is
because many young people leave school and go to England to get a
job where they can earn five times as much.
"But many cannot speak English and can't find the job they expected
so they commit illegal acts to get money.
"Another reason is the people who started their life of crime in
Lithuania are too well known to the police here so they go to places
like Spain, the Nordic countries and England to carry on there.
"Lithuania is only a country of three and a half million people so
once you are known to the police it is harder to get away and the
police here have got better in the last few years at catching
The shock figures add more weight to Cambridgeshire Chief Constable
Julie Spence's continuing campaign for an extra £2 million to pay
for 100 more officers.
A police spokeswoman said she will be meeting Police Minister Tony
McNulty in early February.
A decade ago it would be rare to see names like Dainus Kigas in the
pages of the News.
The Lithuanian was burnt to death when someone threw a petrol bomb
into his van while he slept in it by a roadside in Wisbech in June
His death, believed to be the result of a feud within the Lithuanian
community, highlighted the growing international dimension to crime
in a county that has absorbed 50 per cent of the migrant population
in the East of England.
Organised criminals from Eastern Europe are also thought to be
behind the upsurge in human trafficking and prostitution.
And some new arrivals have been carrying knives because they were
used to doing so in their native countries. Many drink and drive
because they can get away with it more easily at home.
Lithuanians top Cambridgeshire's drink-drive shame list, as the News
revealed this month. They have clocked up an ll-fold rise in alcohol-
related crime since 2002.
Linus Pekarskas, a Lithuanian community support officer with
Cambridgeshire police, said: "There is a problem with a lot of
people from Eastern European countries drinking and driving. It is
just a different culture."
Mrs Spence said immigrant communities from the new EU states
had "different standards" from the UK. She said: "We can identify a
significant rise in drink-drive, which was down to people thinking
that what they did where they came from, they could do here."
Mrs Spence also said "feuds" between rival foreign gangs added to
the cost of dealing with crime.
And in November Lithuanian woman Daiva Hammond, of Minerva Way, was
convicted of shouting and taking a swing at an ambulance woman
before pushing her and slapping her face.
Hammond had been drinking.
The number of crimes committed by Lithuanians and other migrants
prompted Mrs Spence to meet the country's ambassador Vygaudas
Usackas last October.
Mr Usackas said: "We all clearly have a great deal of work to do to
ensure closer relations and a harmonious existence moving forward."
Arrests of Poles have also risen dramatically, with 477 in 2006.
Gangs of Romanians are behind a £1 billion crime wave in Britain.
The number of crimes they committed since Romania joined the EU a
year ago has surged by 530 per cent. The gangs smuggle in children
and use them as pickpockets. Dozens of them were freed by police in
dawn raids in Slough on Thursday.
In Cambridgeshire, however, the number of Romanians arrested in 2006
was just 12 - a fraction of the 901 Lithuanians.
These are the key points:
"But many cannot speak English and can't find the job they expected so they commit illegal acts to get money.
"Another reason is the people who started their life of crime in Lithuania/Poland/Romania/Bulgaria/Slovakia are too well known to the police here so they go to places
like Spain, the Nordic countries and England to carry on there.
Take it easy on the Romanians - many of the 'Romanian' criminals are actually Gypsies.
"But many cannot speak English and can't find the job they expected so they commit illegal acts to get money."
Many Poles can't speak English when they come over and do jobs they don't like. What makes Lithuanians different in this respect?
FACT: Poles are responsible for more crime in the UK than any other foreigner.
Don't know about that.
For negative value for money, you can't beat the Somalis and Bangladeshis!
"FACT: Poles are responsible for more crime in the UK than any other foreigner. "
I think the above article tells a different story angela. Where are your stats?
This is old news, Ania. And don't pretend it's news to you. Just one example:
"Poles, who have entered Britain in record numbers since they joined the European Union in 2004, committed 2,310 crimes in the first six months of this year to become the most prolific offenders."
"When they arrive they think they can do the same thing as in the country that they came from," she said. "There were a lot of people who, because they used to carry knives for protection, they think they can carry knives here. And their attitudes to drink-driving are probably where we were 20 years ago."
Some Poles are illegally claiming child benefit both in Britain and in their homeland, a BBC Five Live report claims. Investigators found that among 1,500 families claiming UK child benefit in the Gdansk region, one third were claiming the same type of benefit from the Polish authorities."
Top 10 nationalities for crimes committed in LONDON alone.
Jan - June 2007
1 - Poland ... crimes 2310 violent crimes 583 sex related 32
2 - Jamaica ... crimes 1750 violent crimes 425 sex related 28
7 - Lithuania ... crimes 856 violent crimes 205 sex related 13
Official Metropolitan Police Statistics
Newspapers are full of stories about Poles committing crimes in Britain. Here's just one from this week.
Pole who raped stroke victim before moving to UK is jailed for killing British war veteran
A Polish migrant worker who raped a stroke victim in his native country was today jailed for nine years for killing a war veteran he tried to rob.
Dariusz Szopa, 32, raided the mobile home of 87-year-old William Lywood after he heard that he had considerable savings.
But Mr Lywood, a veteran of the Second World War, "lost the will to live" after suffering two raids in the space of a fortnight.
He had already been attacked and robbed once at his static caravan when Szopa pounced after identifying him as a "soft target".
A court heard how after the first crime Mr Lywood, who lived alone with his cat and prided himself on his independence, defiantly returned home.
But his mental and physical condition deteriorated after Szopa - twice convicted of violent robberies in his homeland - added to his terror.
He never left hospital and died a month later from what a post mortem revealed was broncho-pneumonia brought on by a chest infection.
But a pathologist claimed Mr Lywood's ordeal also contributed to his death - and a jury found Szopa, 31, guilty of the pensioner's manslaughter at an earlier hearing.
Yesterday Judge John Milmo, QC, passed in indefinite sentence for public protection (IPP) and ordered him to serve nine years before being considered for parole.
When he is released he faces arrest under a European warrant and will be taken to Poland to answer extortion charges.
Szopa, who had previous convictions for robbery and rape in Poland, was told by the Judge: " You are a dangerous man.
"This was a targeted robbery of an elderly man in his own home.
"He was an old gentleman of 87 who lived on his own with his cat. He looked after himself and was always well turned out not relying on others for help."
Det Ch Insp Andy West, of Lincolnshire police, who investigated the case, said: "It was a despicable crime, and this is justice for Bill Lywood.
"In 27 years of policing I have not met many people who were as dangerous as Szopa. Mr Lywood lost the will to live after he was terrified by him."
Lincoln Crown Court heard how Mr Lywood, who lived at the Riverside Park caravan site in Boston, Lincs, was "extremely pleasant and well liked".
Gordon Aspden, prosecuting, told the jury: "People remember him as being fit and well, and, as befits someone who served in the army, he was always well turned out, with a collar and tie."
The court was told that on December 16 last year Mr Lywood was attacked and robbed at his caravan by a raider who made off with his pension money.
He was left injured and bleeding after suffering multiple blows to his head in a "brutal" assault and stayed in Boston's Pilgrim Hospital for several days.
The pensioner bravely returned home, but just two weeks later Szopa forced his way into the caravan and demanded: "Money, money, money."
Mr Aspden told the court: "He grabbed hold of Mr Lywood and punched him at least one in the face. Mr Lywood was pleading for him to stop."
Szopa was caught red-handed after police raced to the scene when Mr Lywood activated a panic-alarm that had been installed after the first raid.
Yet Szopa claimed he was only trying to help Mr Lywood after stumbling across a robbery carried out by someone else while he took a short-cut home.
Szopa, of London Road, Boston, was convicted of attempted robbery and manslaughter as a result of the incident on December 29,2006.
Prosecutors claimed he knew Mr Szopa was a "soft target" because he also carried out the December 16 raid, but he was cleared of that robbery.
Ania what is it with you and Lithuanians
Dajwid what's with you and Poles...?
Lived with them 13 years, work with them and live with one now :-)
So why choose to be with them if you always complain about them?
I think he chose to leave Poland. Who he works with is not up to him. And a wife is a wife. Not, I'm sure, chosen because of nationality.
What I complain about is the attitude, laziness and dishonesty. I love the country, I wouldn't have stayed so long.
It just seems every time Poland or poles getr knocked you blame Lithuanians.
It's coincidental that the article singles out lithuanians in particular. I think the main reason Baltic states have more crime is due to infiltration by the Russian mafia.